It's hard to believe, but this year marks the 20th anniversary of the band Wilco. They've recently announced plans to celebrate the anniversary with a pair of releases, including the first-ever best of compilation from the group and also a collection of rarities that they say, "We're pretty sure you're gonna love."
They're also on the road playing a few shows to celebrate the milestone and as if that wasn't enough, frontman and creative mastermind Jeff Tweedy will release his solo debut under the banner of Tweedy on September 23rd.
Here's a sampling from the Tweedy album, a tune called "Summer Noon."
Wilco was in town this past Thursday (September 4th) for a rare Cleveland area show at the Akron Civic Theatre. It was Wilco's first area appearance since their show at the Lakewood Civic Auditorium in February of 2008. Their return was long overdue and it was great to have them back!
Our good friend Amy Weiser was there with her camera to capture scenes from a great night of music in Akron. Check out the gallery of photos below!
ATV favorites Big Head Todd & The Monsters are once again back out on the road, playing sets that mix a hefty dose of blues from their latest release Big Head Todd Blues Club - 100 Years of Robert Johnson with favorites from their vast catalog. With the classic Sister Sweetly album celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the band will naturally be spotlighting tracks from the album in their concert setlists.
The current tour hits New York City this Saturday (2/16) for a show at Irving Plaza. We've got a couple of pairs of tickets to give away to the show, so if you'd like to go and check it out, drop us an email with "Big Head Todd NYC" in the subject line and we'll pick two lucky readers to go to the show!
(Update: Congrats to our two winners, Tim and Jim! Stay tuned for more contest fun coming up!)
The marital pairing of Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks produced one of my favorite albums of this year and they're currently out on the road promoting that 'Revelator' album on a tour that will bring them to the Nautica Pavilion here in Cleveland on September 3rd.
If you've held off on making plans to go to the show so far, that's great news for you, because Groupon has a sale on tickets, which are priced at $12 and $19 for the next two days.
I can't think of a better way to spend an evening! Here's one of my favorites from the album.
Could it be that my recent discussion of the great 'Sap' EP by Alice in Chains inspired them to pull out a super-rarity for their return to the concert stage?
According to The Pulse Of Radio, ALICE IN CHAINS ended a nearly 10-month break from the stage on August 13 with a sold-out, semi-acoustic show at the Winstar Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma. The show — one of just two that ALICE IN CHAINS performed this month — featured a rendition of "Right Turn", a track from the 1992 EP "Sap" that has not only never been played live by this version of the group, but may not have been performed in concert before ever. The original studio version featured guest vocals from SOUNDGARDEN's Chris Cornell.
The show's finale featured guitarist Jerry Cantrell's father and a number of fans pulled onstage to sit on two couches and watch the band play "Rooster", a song written about the elder Cantrell's experiences in the Vietnam war.
But if you don't own 'Sap,' you seriously need to remedy that situation.
Cleveland music fans are in for a real treat tonight with Los Lobos in town to play a rare area show at a super cool venue. Tonight's event at the Cleveland Masonic Auditorium is being presented by the fine folks at Visible Voice Books in partnership with The Beachland. I'm still waiting to hear the story from Dave at VV in regards to how this show ended up at the Masonic, but however it happened, big ups to him for stepping up to help bring Los Lobos (with Jorma Kaukonen supporting) to such an interesting place.
Tin Can Trust is the latest Los Lobos album (also available on vinyl!) and for me personally, the most enjoyable album I've heard from them since Kiko. Expect a mix of tunes from the new record and plenty of older Los Lobos favorites. Tickets for tonight's show are $35.00 and you can purchase them here.
Here's the official rundown from Visible Voice:
Visible Voice is pleased to present three-time Grammy award winner Los Lobos with Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame member Jorma Kaukonen at The Masonic Auditorium, 3615 Euclid Ave, Cleveland,Ohio 44115 on Thursday November 4th. Doors open at 6:30pm, show starts at 7:30pm. All tickets are general admission at a cost of $35.00 and can be purchased at www.ticketweb.com or 866-468-3401.
This is the third concert performance that has been presented by Visible Voice Books. The previous three include: Assembly of Dust, The Reverend Horton Heat and Cracker. The Masonic Auditorium is a one hundred year old former opera house and location of Cleveland Orchestra recording and practice sessions. The chance to see and hear Los Lobos and Jorma Kaukonen in such a wonderful setting will truly be a uniquely Cleveland experience.
Say the name Ian Anderson and you’re likely to get a huge eyeroll from some rock fans. Indeed, this is the guy with the metal codpiece playing flute while standing on one leg who fronts the band Jethro Tull.
Yeah, the same band that bested Metallica for a “Best Metal Performance” Grammy.
And yeah, that that’s the band responsible for the ubiquitous classic rock tracks “Aqualung,” “Bungle in the Jungle” and “Locomotive Breath.”
To most casual listeners, Anderson is Tull. But ask any proggies or long-in-the-tooth classic rockers and they’ll set you straight.
Or perhaps you could just take in the wild-eyed minstrel when returns to Cleveland to perform at Playhouse Square Center this Thursday, October 28.
For this “An Evening With Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson” show, the 63-year-old performs sans Tull, but delivers acoustic and electric versions of Tull songs along with Ian Anderson solo music.
He gave Addicted to Vinyl a buzz to chat about the show, the future of Tull, digital music and commerce.
This isn't quite Jackson Browne and David Lindley, but perhaps it is our version of that (speaking as someone who grew up in the late '80s and early '90s) - two old friends sitting around telling stories and singing songs together. And according to this New York article, you can expect more of this in the future from main Lemonhead Evan Dando and occasional Lemonhead Juliana Hatfield, who apparently plan to play more duo shows together like this one. I'm down with that.
Check out two complete shows here, courtesy of Youtube user "spiketop."
I caught prog rock super dudes Asia here in Cleveland at the House of Blues on Friday night. My proper review of the show can be found here, but I also took time to jot down a few sarcastic thoughts regarding the interesting people watching opportunities (as well as random band-related thoughts) that were all around me.
- As a member of the cult of prog, please note that it is an unspoken requirement that you must wear a t-shirt of your favorite prog band when going to see another prog band play a show. Since this is an Asia show, it is completely acceptable to wear Yes, Rush and Porcupine Tree t-shirts to show the others in attendance that you are legitimately prog. Remember, wearing an Asia shirt if you're going to see Asia violates that other unspoken rule. (Additional concert t-shirt tips can be found here.)
- There are girls here at this show, but I'm not quite sure how they got here. Many of them are stuck on dates that they will never forget, and not for good sentimental reasons. Some are in attendance as the supportive wife/girlfriend and surprisingly, there are quite a few here that are visibly big Asia fans. Is it a Wetton thing? Or perhaps it's something along the lines of "that Geoff Downes guy is so dreamy." You tell me.
- The tribe is cheering as Palmer raises a mallet high into the air to signify that there will be gong-age on "Time Again."
- I know I said this earlier in the review, but Steve Howe shouldn't be able to play guitar like that. Massive amounts of geeking out during his acoustic guitar solo portion of the show. And during "An Extraordinary Life," why play one guitar when you can play two guitars instead? You're welcome, disciples.
- "The Heat Goes On" brings the expected drum solo from Carl Palmer. I feel sympathy for guys like Carl Palmer, because drumming is a very physical activity and yet you're expected to bring it every night on that solo, just like you did back in 1973. So it's no surprise that at the end of the song, Palmer springs from behind the kit and does a victory lap out to the microphone. You'd better believe that he earned that lap and subsequent riotous standing ovation from the ever-adoring audience. Actually, most of us are already standing, so does that still count as a standing ovation? Sure.
- During "Days Like These," I observe a shocking moment where Geoff Downes actually has time to step away from the keyboards and he makes good use of the time, playfully mugging with the crowd. Up until this point of the show, all hands have been on deck with Downes manning at least one keyboard at all times.
Here's the evening's setlist:
Only Time Will Tell
Through My Veins
Don't Cry (John and Geoff solo with crowd singalong portion)
Steve Howe solo
The Smile Has Left Your Eyes (John and Geoff solo with electric full band reprise at the end)
Open Your Eyes
An Extraordinary Life
End of the World
The Heat Goes On (w/ Palmer drum solo)
Days Like These
Heat Of The Moment
When I got these photos, I was all excited for the briefest of moments, because I thought that Amy Weiser had finally fulfilled my lifelong dream of owning a Delorean. But as it turns out, there's a band called Delorean and they make music, but from what I can tell, none of them actually own a Delorean. I probably don't have the garage space anyway...